CfP: What does it mean to do phenomenological research? Pittsburgh (2020)

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Philosophy of Education Society (PES) Conference 2020, Pittsburgh, March 5-9. Call for Papers reminder for the Phenomenology and Existentialism SIG.

What is it that we do when we say we do phenomenological work? Submissions are invited in response to this question by the Phenomenology and Existentialism SIG for the Philosophy of Education Society (PES) Conference 2020, in Pittsburgh, March 5-9.

In Husserl´s Ideas I, this becomes the “phenomenological epoché,” according to which, “We put out of action the general positing which belongs to the essence of the natural attitude; we parenthesize everything which that positing encompasses with respect to being” (Husserl 1982, sec. 32).

This presents a distinction, but not a very precise articulation of what such a bracketing entails, leaving us with a problem (and possibility) or with the necessity to stop what we are doing and ask the question again. Indeed, the history of phenomenology can be thought of as a constant return to the question of methods. From various experiments with bracketing found throughout the social sciences and psychological literatures (what to bracket, when to bracket, and how to bracket) to post-intentional phenomenology’s rejection of bracketing all together for various forms of mutation, creation, and becoming we find in phenomenology a web of methodological questions that separate and bind schools to one another.

This year’s panel is an attempt at providing a contemporary answer to the recurring question of method. Showcasing presentations that deal with theoretical and practical discussions on the methodologies of phenomenological work, the panel will explore diverse approaches that both remind us of principles and challenge us to open new grounds and interpretations for the realities we face today.

We invite submissions in response to the question “What is phenomenological research?” which can be addressed from a return to canonical texts but also from new developments in methods and topics in relation to its original existentialist character and from other approaches.

Papers for the Phenomenology and Existentialism SIG may thus address such issues as:

> The role of the reduction and epoché in accessing essence.
> The possibility of phenomenologizing objects/experiences/the social.
> Thresholds, overlaps and challenges between reductions into the object (Husserl), being (Heidegger), and givenness (Marion).
> The politics of phenomenological methods with relation to race, class, and gender differences.
> Questions pertaining to validity and generalizability in phenomenological literatures in the social sciences and psychology.
> Conflicts and potentialities in methodologically hybridizing hermeneutic phenomenology with postmodernism and poststructuralism.
> Phenomenological research and the legitimacy of the division between empirical and speculative inquiries
> The uses, mutations, and reconfigurations of phenomenology in social sciences

NOTE: Other contributions addressing questions of education and formation via existentialism and phenomenology are also encouraged.

Please submit a 500 word abstract (with bibliographic references) by September 23 2019 to: [email protected] (Please use “PES SIG CFP” in the subject line). Using a blind review process, the PES Phenomenology and Existentialism SIG will evaluate submissions based on standard measures of academic quality and considerations of topicality, as well as on their fit with the themes of the conference and the SIG. Notification of the committee’s decision will be sent out by November 1st. The SIG panel proposal will then be submitted to PES for final review.